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UPDATE: Boy struck by lightning released from hospital Thursday morning

Courtesy: Jim Draeger Courtesy: Jim Draeger

MADISON (WKOW) -- An 8-year-old boy who was struck by lightning in central Wisconsin is now out of the hospital.

A University of Wisconsin Hospital official tells 27 News, Blake Draeger was released from the Madison hospital early Thursday morning.

Draeger was struck June 26 as he rode his dirt bike in a field in the Town of Rib Falls. The lightning ruptured his eardrums, scratched the lenses of his eyeballs and left more than a quarter of his body covered with second-degree burns.

The boy's father, Chris Draeger, says the medical team doesn't predict any permanent damage to Blake's ears or eyes.
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